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Prachinburi gate open 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
If you are looking for a mountainous attraction that is not too far from Bangkok, most people will recommend “Khao Yai.” The 3 obvious reasons that make this place one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and local people are the nature that is still bountiful unlike other places, the convenience in transportation, and the accessibility to a wide variety of accommodation, restaurants, and cafes for visitors’ different needs.
Khao Yai National Park is the first and the largest national park in Thailand covering 11 Districts of 4 provinces. For its greatness, it is recognized as the National Park Heritage of Asian Group Countries. It is a valuable natural resource of the region as a provider of headwaters and rivers as well as home for countless species of wild animals and plants.
Because of its large area, Khao Yai National Park houses several waterfalls such as the renowned Namtok Haew Narok, the tallest waterfall located in the south of the park with 3 levels. Aside from that, Namtok Haew Suwat is another popular waterfall to swim in together with Namtok Kong Kaeom, Namtok Kluai Mai, and Namtok Sarika. For animal watchers, you are in for a treat. The park created 3 watchtowers – Nong Phak Chi, Mo Singto, and Klong Pla Kang – over 3 different salt licks for you to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
After relaxing in the fresh stream, do not forget to give the “Lonely Cliff” (the Khao Kiew Viewpoint) a visit where you will see spectacular scenery of faraway mountains that lay along Prachinburi province. If you haven’t had enough of the wondrous nature, Pha Klaui Mai and Pha Lam Takong campsites are ideal places to spend your night at. And always keep in mind as true nature lovers, “leave nothing but only your footprints behind.”
1) From the Mitraparp Highway, turn onto Thanarat Road at the 56th kilometer marker and continue for approximately 23 kilometers
2) From Bangkok, turn onto Highway No. 33 (Nakhon Nayok-Prachin Buri) at Hin Kong intersection. From there, proceed to the Noen Hom intersection using Highway No. 3077 to the park.
Take a Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima bus and get off at Amphoe Pak Chong. There will be mini-buses to take you up to the gate of Khao Yai National Park. From there, flag a passing service car to the park office or rent a car directly from Pak Chong.